Sustainable intelligent transport solutions and cooperative mobility planning to solve cross-border mobility dilemmas
Ferry connection between Helsinki and Tallinn has over 8 million annual passengers. The connection between Helsinki West Harbor and Tallinn Old City Harbor is one of the busiest in the world.
FinEst Smart Mobility has mitigated congestion and other negative externalities borne out of the large traffic volumes passing through the ports and cities by developing intelligent traffic solutions.
One aim of FinEst Smart Mobility has been to provide a more fluent integration of different transport modes for this inter-city and cross-border traffic with piloting and planning of ICT driven solutions. A better flow of people and goods result in reduced CO2 emissions and noise levels in the port area, as well as in the cities. Through cross-border collaboration, improved end-to-end and user-centric experiences will be ensured. The pilots will carry on until early 2019, focusing on creating a more sustainable and a less congested traffic environment, while improving the user experience for the passengers.
The project receives its funding through Interreg Central Baltic programme with total budget of 1.8 million euros, centralbaltic.eu.
Project partners are: City of Helsinki, City of Tallinn, ITL Digital Lab, City of Vantaa, Estonian road administration, Forum Virium Helsinki LTD. Helsinki Region Transport Authority is an associated partner, and the consortium is supported by Port of Helsinki and Port of Tallinn.
Smart Traffic Solutions for Trucks
Inbound traffic – Pilot A
Annually more than 200 000 trucks are travelling through the centers of Helsinki and Tallinn city, in and out from the Tallinn Old City Harbour and Helsinki West Harbour. Harbors are both located in the city centers and lack extra parking spaces. Any extra time spent in the harbor area by heavy good vehicles or ferry passengers creates a strain on the road network. In order to ease the pressure on harbors, trucks should arrive at the port area just-in-time for their check-in.
This pilot was split into two pilots focusing on different aspects; Pilot A1 for a smart queuing system and Pilot A2 for innovation partnership for the inbound traffic. From the tenderers of pilot A1, GoSwift was selected to implement the actual service. In the pilot A2, Fleetrange Ltd. was selected to be the innovation partner.
GoSwift has developed an application dedicated to truck drivers and fleet operators, that lets them know exactly when they should drive to the ferry terminal gates. The FinEst Mobility app ensures that trucks arrive to the port just in time, as opposed to waiting by the port gates in a densely trafficked city. The app is available on Google Play, and the service is currently available for Tallink Megastar and Star departures: Google Play: FinEst Mobility app. The service is also available through SMS, for drivers without a smart phone.
Fleetrange Ltd has developed an API to solve the automated and real-time ETA/schedule tracking of ferry traffic between Helsinki West Harbour and the Tallinn Old City Harbour. The aim of this service is to help streamline all modes of transport on this route, and to make it possible to integrate the ferry traffic into existing journey planners on both sides of the Gulf of Finland. The real-time API service has been available for developers and other service providers, such as ferry companies. The data produced during the piloting is available through Helsinki Region Infoshare: www.hri.fi
For more information, visit fleetrange.com/finestapi/
For detailed information about the developed solution, you can read the Fleetrange pilot report in HERE
Responsible project partner for pilot A1 and A2: City of Helsinki
Outbound traffic – Pilot B
Traffic leaving the ports causes traffic jams and at its worst the traffic is barely moving. Even though Pilot B focuses on improving the traffic flow of heavy good vehicles, the solution offers an indirect benefit for other passengers as well as for the local residents.
For this pilot, an innovation partnership procurement process was launched in September 2017. In total, three companies were selected as innovation partners to develop a prototype of their service;
Infotripla introduced a real-time and predictive traffic information system in the harbor area. The goal of the system was to make traffic management more efficient and lessen the congestion caused by the periodically increasing traffic. The system is based on data modelling, processing several sources of traffic data and other variables.
Coreorient Ltd’s focus was to help private car users travelling between the harbors to share their ride with other passengers on their way to same direction from their homes, ferries or public transport hubs. The purpose of the service was to make travelling almost as easy as with private car while saving in expenses and reducing congestion in the harbour areas.
Tilgi Suomi Ltd. offered a shuttle bus type of solution for passengers to ease their travel from nearby points of interest, for instance from Ruoholahti metro station or Viru center to harbour. Solution was offered through an app and other web-based solutions offering information to the passengers.
After this prototype phase, an evaluation of the services was conducted and Infotripla was selected to further develop their service. As an addition, the service was further developed to contain live notifications on arriving ferries and to offer route guidance for the trucks and cars leaving the port. The system is operational and continues to provide support for traffic management in Helsinki West Harbour.
For more information, visit www.infotripla.fi
For detailed information about the developed solution, you can read the Infotripla pilot report in HERE.
Responsible project partner for pilot B: City of Helsinki
On-demand ride sharing service from West Harbour to Helsinki airport
Increasing number of travelers from Estonia use the ferry connection as part of their journey to reach locations outside Helsinki region. Information about the different mobility options is limited, and the process of buying a ticket for the different modes of transport in order to continue the journey from the port can be frustrating.
Kyyti Group was selected to develop and implement the pilot in February 2018. The piloted solution is an on-demand ride sharing service between Helsinki West Harbour, Aviapolis district and Helsinki airport.
The pilot has aimed to change the situation by providing a smart, complementary transportation solution that makes it easy to share a cab with several passengers. The service is now expanded to the whole region and the application is available in several languages, including Estonian and Finnish. The application (available on Google Play) also gives information about the alternative modes of transportation such as public transport and cycling, making it easier to choose between different options. Based on the pilot, the service provides 25-50% faster connection to the airport than by public transport alone.
Responsible project partner: City of Vantaa
SUMP - Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in Tallinn
One particular area of economy that has an immediate effect in both regions is the transportation of people and goods in the twin city area. Implementation of a sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP) for the City of Tallinn is part of FinEst Smart Mobility, and will as such come to define the future framework for mobility development in Tallinn region. In the future, Tallinn SUMP will set the criteria for any transport infrastructure project taking place in the Tallinn capital region, following the guidelines set by the European Commission.
The cross-border nature of FinEst Smart Mobility promotes the adoption of best practices, and improves the collaboration between the capital regions of Tallinn and Helsinki. A handful of SUMPs has already been approved in Helsinki, and the Tallinn SUMP work is coordinated in such a way that a maximized exchange of knowledge can take place through this project.
Tallinn SUMP focuses on analyzing the mobility needs of the region and sets sustainable transport priorities for its transport investments. This is done by setting up common objectives and indicators for mobility in the region, carrying out studies and data analysis to support decision-making, organising seminars and workshops with relevant stakeholders, getting the strategy approved in the Tallinn City Council, as well as compiling a roadmap with immediate actions towards the agreed objectives.
The SUMP is available HERE in Estonian.
TMP - Traffic Management Plan for Tallinn ring road
Contributing to the SUMP process, a separate Traffic Management Plan (TMP) survey for developing a traffic management solution for Tallinn ring road on highway no 11 was conducted. Extensive reconstruction works are going to transform the Tallinn ring road into a divided highway in the upcoming years and this survey forms a basis for planning and developing various ITS solutions to make the traffic smoother, safer and easier in terms of managing various incidents that cause traffic obstructions.
The survey is divided into a) analysis of current situation and proposals; b) modelling incidents and bypass routes; and c) feasibility of dynamic traffic management with the help of ITS solutions. TMP helps the traffic management centre of Estonian Road Administration to operate when accidents take place and to solve traffic disturbances. The document also serves as a development plan towards a dynamic traffic management ecosystem in Tallinn ring road that will be implemented in 2019-2023.
The Traffic Management Plan is available HERE.
Responsible project partner: Estonian road administration
Innovation Pilot Preparations and Specifications
Before any of the pilots could be launched, a particular specification and preparation work needed to be carried out. Main goal of this work was to produce supporting material for the procurement of the aforementioned pilots. An important part of this specification process has been mini-pilots that ran for three months during the spring of 2018. The mini-pilots were used to probe new innovations around the project theme. Another central part of this work package was the mapping of the typical ferry users and their mobility habits. The purpose of the study was to provide essential information about the passengers and the factors affecting their choice of mobility.
The specification and preparation work package reached its goals in June 2017, when the framework for the procurement of larger pilots was finalized. The framework was utilized to produce material for the procurements taking place in September 2017. The material from the user specification and mini-pilots were included in this procurement set.
To find out more specifically how cities of Helsinki and Tallinn collaborated on joint innovation-lab-type structures and conducted agile trials in the field of smart mobility before traditional procurement, you can read the paper Agile Local Governments: Experimentation Before Implementation, published on Government Information Quarterly.
Responsible project partner: Forum Virium Helsinki
PROJECT BROCHURE (click on top-right corner to open in a new window)
- Harbour’s PSO – Predicted and smooth outbound traffic, pilot report by Infotripla
- Shared rides from West Harbour to Helsinki airport, pilot report by Kyyti Group
- FinEst API – Ferry traffic prediction data API, pilot report by Fleetrange
- FinEst Mobility App – JIT route guidance for truck drivers, pilot report by GoSwift
SUMP Tallinn region Report
SUMP SEMINAR MATERIAL
- Tallinna piirkonna säästva linnaliikuvuskava 2035 koostamine. Mari Jüssi and Pirko Konsa (Maanteeamet)
- Tallinn Helsinki Integration Land Use Transportation. Rikhard Manninen (City of Helsinki)
- Liikuvuskava põhiline faktor – ühistransport. Ignar Fjuk (TLPA)
Recording of SUMP morning seminar on 3 May: https://tv.delfi.ee/live/uudised/vaata-uuesti-regionaalne-liikuvus-ja-selle-planeerimine?id=86099445
OTHER PROJECT DOCUMENTATION
- Government Information Quarterly: Agile local governments: Experimentation before implementation
- Jiffi Minipilot
- Townhall24 Minipilot
- Sherpa Minipilot
- FinEst Smart Mobility KickOff presentation
- Final Kick-off program
- FESM 21.2.eng.
- FESM User profiles 12.5.2017
PROJECT SEMINAR 24 April 2019
FinEst API, Fleetrange Oy, Henrik Ramm-Schmidt
Slideshow:FinEst API pilot, Fleetrange Ltd
Harbour’s PSO, Infotripla Oy, Kimmo Ylisiurunen
Slideshow: Harbour’s PSO pilot, Infotripla Oy
Kyyti ride share pilot, Kyyti Group, Jaana Ylikoski
Slideshow: Kyyti ride share pilot, Kyyti Group
FinEst Mobility App, GoSwift OÜ, Madis Sassiad
Slideshow: FinEst Mobility pilot, JIT service, GoSwift OÜ
SUMP Tallinn, Pirko Konsa, Tallinn Transport Department
Slideshow: SUMP Tallinn and cross-border collaboration, Pirko Konsa, Tallinn Transport Department
Innovation Procurement, Ralf-Martin Soe, ITL Digital Lab
Slideshow: Innovation procurement, Ralf-Martin Soe, ITL Digital Lab